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Bridgestone Receives Honda’s Environment Award

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has received the Environmental Award presented by Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (TYO:7267) to honor select suppliers. It is the first time that Bridgestone has received the award. The Environment Award is one of five categories including Product Quality under which Honda confers honors to express gratitude to suppliers that excel. Bridgestone received the award in the Environment...

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Nitta to Boost North American Belt Output with 2nd Plant

Nitta Corporation of America (NCA), the U.S. manufacturing and sales subsidiary of Nitta Corp. (TYO:5186), has decided to construct a second plant to add more production facilities. In addition to fabricating light conveyor belts made from plastic, the second plant will add facilities for producing flat belts. NCA will invest around $7.6 million in the project, with construction commencing this...

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Ohno Rubber Enters New Markets, Sets Sights on 100 Years in Business

President Yoichi Ohno of Ohno Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd., a maker of automobile rubber spare parts, recently unveiled a policy for actively developing new markets and new products in areas that the company has not been active in up till now. Proud of its 75-year history, the expansion into new areas including plastics products and engineering plastics as well as special...

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Ultra-thin Rubber Sheets

Kureha Elastomer to Target Battery, Medical Instrumentation Markets

Kureha Elastomer Co. Ltd., a manufacturer of office automation (OA) equipment and rubber spinning rollers, is developing ultra-thin high-performance rubber sheets with which it hopes to target new markets such as batteries and medical instrumentations. The ultra-thin high-precision sheets measure 0.05-0.02 mm in thickness with tolerances of ±10 percent, and can be produced from various kinds of synthetic rubber in...

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Firm Demand for Rubber Sheets – Market Report

Production and shipping volumes of general rubber sheets in Japan are each trending at an annual scale of 20,000 tons. Although market conditions have slumped for the fields of construction and civil engineering, which were major sources of demand for 2015, there still remains a firm undertone in demand with the return of domestic manufacturing. This is owing to a...

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Conveyor Belt Demand for Blast Furnaces Fell 29% in 2015

According to statistics by the Japan Belting Manufacturers Association on demand for conveyor belts and plastic belts in 2015, the total value of conveyor belt sales was flat from the previous year. Domestic demand accounted for 61 percent of total sales in monetary terms. Exports accounted for 39 percent of sales, a drop of 19 percent from the year prior....

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